Dutch oilfield services group SBM Offshore has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Petrobras to provide an FPSO for the Mero field, 110 miles off Rio de Janeiro.
SBM will design and construct the FPSO Mero 2 to produce 180,000 barrels of oil per day, with delivery slated for 2022.
It will also have a water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day, associated gas treatment capacity of 12 million standard cubic meters per day and a minimum storage capacity of 1.4 million barrels of crude oil.
The FPSO’s topside modules will weigh around 33,000 tonnes.
Eduardo Chamusca, SBM’s country manager for Brazil, said: “We at SBM Offshore Brazil are very excited with the winning of this important project.
“We see this as the start of a new growth phase in one of SBM Offshore’s home markets, supported by around one third of SBM Offshore’s global manpower in Brazil.
“The FPSO Mero 2 represents a new generation of complex pre-salt FPSOs and as such is extending our significant experience base and track record in country.
“The team in Brazil is ready to support flawless execution of this project and ensure reliable operations for its lease period thereafter.”